The Portland Press Herald has reported that Maine Senators Susan
Collins and Angus King have proposed legislation that would direct the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to investigate whether the health
problems faced by some veterans in America are linked to the use of
Agent Orange at CFB Gagetown.
More from that newspaper:
Veterans who trained at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in Oromocto,
New Brunswick, have long tried to get the federal government to
acknowledge that their health problems, including cancer and Parkinson’s
disease, could be linked to chemical exposure.
Some who served in 1966 or 1967 have been compensated by either the
Canadian or U.S. governments, but the number is small. An undetermined
number of Maine veterans have sought compensation or medical help with
some of the illnesses they claim stem from their training at Gagetown.
From the 1950s through the 1980s, fields at the base, which
specializes in heavy artillery training, were sprayed with massive
quantities of chemical herbicides and defoliants, including a small
amount of Agent Orange, to control the vegetation. That means the number
of veterans exposed at Gagetown could be significant.
“Protecting the health of those who have served our nation is a solemn responsibility,” Collins said in a prepared statement.
Collins said she raised the issue with Eric Shinseki, Secretary of
the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Just as the government of Canada
found a way to offer compensation to service members exposed to toxic
herbicides at Gagetown, the VA should likewise be able to find a way to
recognize the similar concerns voiced by Maine veterans,” Collins said.READ MORE: http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2014/01/05/u-s-senators-push-for-investigation-in-agent-orange-use-at-cfb-gagetown/